Father Murray ABRAHAM

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ABRAHAM, Father Murray S.J.
Died peacefully in India, on August 28, 2012, aged 87, a Jesuit for 70 years. Born in North Sydney, NS, September 26, 1925 to Alice Shields and Arthur Abraham. Saint Mary's Halifax was his alma mater. He entered the Jesuits in Guelph, ON in 1941. He volunteered in 1948 for the Canadian Jesuit Mission in Darjeeling in North East India. Teaching, language studies, and theology followed. He was ordained a priest in 1954. Fr. Abraham was an educator and a formidable advocate for those most in need and he will be remembered for his work in the Kurseong area of the Darjeeling district. He was the founder of Saint Alphonsus Social and Agricultural Centre (SASAC) and of the Society of Jesus Agricultural and Social Institute (SOJASI). He was a faithful Jesuit priest, prolific writer, an accomplished educator, a mesmerizing public speaker. "I was hungry and you gave me to eat…" is his and our epitaph for his life. He is survived by several nephews, nieces and cousins. Funeral and burial rites were held on August 29 at Kurseong. Information about memorial arrangements in Canada will be forthcoming. Please visit www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca for updates. Donations in his memory may be sent to: Canadian Jesuits International, 70 Saint Mary Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5S 1J3. (Toll free 1-800-448-2148; www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca).
Published in The Calgary Herald on Aug. 30, 2012
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